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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Feb. 5, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Feb. 5, 2021.

Is Biden Fighting the Last War on Trade?

Critics question Trump-era tariffs as inflation climbs and U.S. leadership lags.

Buenos Aires protest against inflation
Buenos Aires protest against inflation

The Dangerous New Anti-Globalization Consensus

Soaring inflation is just one reason for Washington to keep global disintegration in check.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his daily morning press conference in Mexico City on April 11.

AMLO’s Electrical Faceoff

Mexico and the United States might be headed for their biggest clash yet under USMCA.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate a major road named after former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during an agreement signing ceremony in New Delhi on April 8, 2017.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate a major road named after former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during an agreement signing ceremony in New Delhi on April 8, 2017.

The U.S. Should Stop Nickel and Diming India and Bangladesh

A low-cost program designed to promote economic development has shut out two key partners in Asia.

People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.
People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.

South Korea Must Pick a Side

Russia’s war in Ukraine has shown the “shrimp among whales” that hedging is no longer a viable foreign policy.

A woman takes part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian consulate in Montreal, Canada, on Feb. 25.
A woman takes part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian consulate in Montreal, Canada, on Feb. 25.

Putin’s War Could Save the Global Economic Order

In this crisis, Western countries have shaken off decades of economic policy lethargy.

Vietnamese border guards sit at the entrance of the border gate where container trucks remained stuck.
Vietnamese border guards sit at the entrance of the border gate where container trucks remained stuck.

Southeast Asian Traders Are Paying the Cost of China’s Border Policies

The impact of a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy goes beyond rotting fruits.

Ones and Tooze Override Photo
Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Ones and Tooze Podcast: How a Group of Truckers Found Canada’s Chokepoint

A quarter of all goods traded between the United States and Canada are transported across one bridge.

Auto workers in Mexico
Auto workers in Mexico

Decades Late, NAFTA’s Promise on Workers’ Rights Comes Good

In Mexico, a breakthrough trade case involving General Motors could become a global model.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose during a session at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose during a session at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

India Seeks to Escape an Asian Future Led by China

A flurry of trade talks herald an economic realignment toward the West.

Labor activists demand higher minimum wage
Labor activists demand higher minimum wage

Why Gains for U.S. Workers Are Good for the World

The rising power of labor will have ripple effects far from U.S. shores.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit
U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

Putin inspects military drills
Putin inspects military drills

Use Climate and Trade Policy to Counter Putin’s Playbook

Joint U.S.-EU carbon border fees could be much more damaging to Russia than sanctions.

Then-Brexit negotiator David Frost leaves EU headquarters.
Then-Brexit negotiator David Frost leaves EU headquarters.

Renegotiation Isn’t Disaster in Northern Ireland

A new deal can be worked out that keeps peace and trade intact.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game

Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.

Cars line up to cross the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 7, 2021, ahead of the United States reopening its land borders to foreigners vaccinated against COVID-19, almost 20 months after they were closed. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images
Cars line up to cross the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 7, 2021, ahead of the United States reopening its land borders to foreigners vaccinated against COVID-19, almost 20 months after they were closed. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images

Who Lost North America?

The project of a stronger, more united continent is on life support. It’s time for a new vision.

Japan’s presidential aircraft lands in Germany.
Japan’s presidential aircraft lands in Germany.

Germany Can Learn From Japan’s China Strategy

Berlin should import policies from another economic power in a similar predicament.

Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping
Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping

Australia Shows the World What Decoupling From China Looks Like

The bottom line: Beijing’s attempt to bully Canberra has been a spectacular failure.

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